Professionally Answering Job Interview Questions
Being prepared to answer job interview questions is just as important as dressing professionally. You need to have a rough idea of what your interviewer will ask, and the most appropriate answer to each question that will make you look fit for the position, and not a confused job seeker in the wrong place.
Now, on to the outline of the questions. Almost all interview questions are based on you, your goals, why you’re the right fit for the job. No one wants to sit and waste time asking interview questions about pointless nonsense, so, don’t bother studying all the ins and outs of the business’s operations. Think more along the lines of your worthiness and suitability for the job opening and how you can present yourself as the perfect fit!
Another big point during a job interview is your character and your overall career goals and aims. Let your interviewer know how passionate and driven you are, and that you hold all the right skills for their opening.
A little more in-depth is the monitoring of your interviews body language when you respond to a question. If you notice changes in body language and emotion after you’ve answered a question, ask yourself what may have just triggered that and how to adapt your answers to prevent it happening again.
With that said, prior to your interview, make sure you’ve done some rehearsing and planning of your answers about yourself, your goals and your suitability for the role. We’ve listed a few example questions below.
Job interview questions
A few questions below outline what you can expect your interviewer to ask you in your job interview. Take a look and think about how you would answer them.
Describe how you utilise your communication skills.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Tell me a few things you know about our business.
What is your main reason for applying for this job?
Why should we hire you for this role?
Outline your strengths.
Outline your weaknesses.
Tell me some things you like about yourself.
Describe how you feel about your current boss.
What is the most enjoyable thing about your current/previous job?
How would your current boss describe you?
Why did you choose to work in this field/industry?
How do you react to criticism?
What was your reason for leaving your previous job?
Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
What makes you want to work here?
How do you stay motivated?
What are some of your proudest accomplishments?
What are some of your out-of-work hobbies?
How would your friends and coworkers describe you?
How do you deal with pressure and deadlines?
What do you like least about your current/previous job?
Do you work better alone or in a team?
What do you expect to earn in this position?
What attributes make you a good leader?
How do you mitigate issues in the workplace?
What can you offer to us?
How do you expect your first 30 days to go in this role?
What do you earn or what did you earn in your last role?
Do you learn new software and programs easily?
Job interview tips
Do your best to arrive at your interview prepared and calm. If you have an idea of what you want to say, and an idea of what you’ll be asked then you will come off as calm and relaxed and be able to answer questions more easily.
Make sure you do plenty of research on the company you’re interviewing for, so that you’re able to answer any questions about their roles, brand recognition and market share, etc.
Arrive earlier than you need to. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes early in case you don’t know where to go, or if you need some time to settle into the environment and prepare your answers in your mind.
Be confident and enthusiastic. You’ll need to show the interviewer you’re excited to be there and that you want to be considered. It will show that you take the interview and the job opportunity seriously.
During the interview try to remain conversational and friendly. Don’t sit silent and answer questions and go back to silence, try to get your interviewer slightly involved when you answer your questions.
Make your responses whole, and not cut short. It’s fine to speak for a minute or two as long as you’re being relevant and informative. You don’t want to seem like you’re holding important information back.
Stray away from any small talk or pointless conversation with the interviewer. Keep all answers or interactions specifically related to the job role and try to focus on intellectual questions regarding the job’s duties etc.
Make sure to state how interested you are in the job opening and show your attentiveness by listening and answering all questions correctly and with all of the information you believe is relevant.
Sample job interview questions and answers
We’ve outlined a few questions below and answered them to give you an idea of what a good answer looks like.
“Outline your strengths.”
I have a great work ethic and I immerse myself in anything I do, whether it be projects or simple basic tasks. On almost every occasion I organise my schedule to ensure I finish projects ahead of time and give myself extra time to assess what I’ve done and improve anything that needs to be improved.
“Why do you want this job?”
I have worked in marketing and business development for many years and your opportunity allows me to expand on my two most developed skills. In my last position, I improved the profitability of our business by 45% and even allowed us to bypass the economic downturn. Utilising my skills in business I believe I’d be a great asset to your business and would be able to help continue your growth into the future.
“Outline one of your weaknesses.”
Often during vital projects and large workloads, I force myself to complete the entire task ahead of schedule. Though I haven’t noticed it affects the quality of the result, it does take a bit of a toll on my energy levels and overall free time.
Author: Emily Burgess
Bio: Emily is a senior content writer with CourseGuru.com.au. She is a recent University graduate and enjoys writing about educational and career orientated topics.